Have Arsenal blown their big chance?

In the recent seasons, teams like Chelsea, Totnum, Pool, and of course Leicester, have profited enormously by not being in the Champions League and being able to field injury free, fresh XI’s on the weekends following Continental outings for League competitors.

This season was our chance to capitalise on fielding the reserves midweek, leaving the First XI fighting fit to spearhead a determined League campaign.

Certainly we have been able to field a more consistent eleven, but capitalise we certainly have not.

Following Christmas, the FAC will kick in, as will more tricky Europa fixtures, demanding the attention of our full squad, and thus the playing field will level off in the league.

We have failed miserably to make hay, but as I mentioned before the season began, I have a suspicion we are a Cup side. The League is awfully demanding, what with having to huff and puff through terrible weather conditions over so many games, whereas with knockout tournaments, there are fewer games before glory.

Of course we are still right up there in the mix for top four, but frankly, that’s getting a bit tedious. I really did have high hopes for a genuine league challenge this time around, but that has all but evaporated despite being handed opportunities almost every weekend by the stuttering CL campaigners.

The Cups it is, I believe.

Written by MickyDidIt89

70 Responses to Have Arsenal blown their big chance?

  1. Eddie says:

    oh dear, I think you are right. After 14 years of hoping it is time to capitulate. Or maybe not?

    Leicester instantly spring to mind, but that was a one in a million situation where the vermins capitalised on top teams restructuring. It won’t happen again, not in my lifetime anyway.

    I am not happy with cups and top four, and Thursday football. it is not enough for me and I see it as a huge underachievement of a club like AFC. Time for a change, big change.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Europa draw at 12 today

    Possible opponents: Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Celtic, Spartak Moscow, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, Ludogorets, AEK Athens, Lyon, FC Copenhagen, Steaua Bucharest, Marseille, Ostersunds, Nice, Real Sociedad

    No Zenit who are in another pool. Bugger!

    I’d prefer Napoli or Copenhagen (hello Erik).

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    If anyone else was wondering, Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan.

    Bloody cosmic. Not exactly Madrid or Naples is it 🙄

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh, and Östersund is in Sweden

  5. Eddie says:

    are you planning on going to Astana? That could be a trip of a lifetime, I bet more interesting than madrid or Naples. Go Didit, go!

  6. mickydidit89 says:


    If it doesn’t say Italy on the destination board, I’d be hardly tempted to leave home, so Astana would be really, really, really low on the priority list

  7. RC78 says:

    It is over…I really think we do better as a 4-3-2-1 and we need to do something with Xhaka because he is really costing us a lot of points. Ozil has changed his attitude so we can rely on him more for the defensive work.

    Away line-up: Cech – Bellerin, Mustafi, Kos, Koli – Ramsey, Coquelin (or Monreal – am telling you he can be our Kante), Wilshere – Ozil, Sanchez – Giroud

    Home line-up vs Top 9 teams: Cech – Bellerin, Mustafi, Kos, Koli – Ramsey, Coquelin, Wilshere – Ozil, Sanchez – Lacazette

    Vs other teams:
    Cech – Bellerin, Mustafi, Kos, Koli – Ramsey, Xhaka – Wellbeck, Ozil, Sanchez – Lacazette

  8. RC78 says:

    Man City may have a dip butn ot worth 11 points…

    We have a tough batle for top 4 and am sad to see that we are doing only slightly better than Burnley

    I think that Wenger may offload some players at X-Mas. Let us loan out Iwobi and get Arda Turan from Barcelona and let us move for real midfield enforcer (Gueye, Illarament….) at X-Mas already

  9. mickydidit89 says:


    The problem I have with my slightly eroded usual optimism, is that I now feel it makes little difference who laces up, the outcome is the same

    We simply do not go at teams as though every second of every game counts and that wins mean more than life itself.

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks Micky.

    Cup team? Silverware is the aim at the start of the season, so if we achieve said aim it must be a successful season.

    If the game was predictable we wouldn’t watch it. Like everyone else, I have no idea which Arsenal we will see – the pressing team we saw vs Spurs, the attacking verve vs Huddersfield/MU/BATE or the strange disjointed effort of yesterday.

    It is cobblers to say the league is over. Remember 97/8. MU were were 13 points ahead of us a Xmas. City are not as good as the Invincibles

  11. mickydidit89 says:


    Oh alright 🙂

    Hey, I like Cup football as I like the life and death situation of winner takes all, knockout stuff, so yes, I’m more than happy to win cups. Leagues are for wimps 🙂

  12. Big Raddy says:

    Please not Dortmund again. How about Ludogoets, Astana or FCK?

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Didit. We don’t spend the money to win the league. Sad but nonetheless a fact. We spend €100m on Pogba and we are contenders, spend €30m on Xhaka and we are not.

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Real Madrid vs PSG. What a cracking tie

  15. chas mobile says:

    Cheers, Micky.
    We have definitely blown it.
    Far too many shite results.
    Even if we had made a better fist of our League campaign, we would still be nowhere near City’s points haul.
    I’m just hoping they lose a game soon so that I can relax about the Invincibles record.

    My assessment of the season so far – pretty garbage apart from beating the spuds.

  16. chas mobile says:

    How are Juve doing this season?
    Should be tough for the spudulikas.

  17. chas mobile says:

    Hey we missed Dortmund Napoli and Atletico.
    Astana still left in. 😊😊😊

  18. chas mobile says:

    Phew missed astana

  19. chas mobile says:

    Ostersunds it is.
    Within range for you, BR?

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    Shit, missed the draws

    Can anyone post the whole lot?

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha
    Looking for draw, found this tweet

    Incredibly, I have found a weather forecast for Ostersund on 15 February. Feel free to totally ignore it. It looks like it’s going to be cloudy with flurries of snow, and somewhere between -5C and -10C. On 15 February this year it got down to -7C

  22. mickydidit89 says:


    Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur: 13 February & 7 March
    Basel v Manchester City: 13 February & 7 March
    Porto v Liverpool: 14 February & 6 March
    Real Madrid v Paris: 14 February & 6 March
    Chelsea v Barcelona: 20 February & 14 March
    Bayern Munich v Besiktas: 20 February & 14 March*
    Sevilla v Manchester United: 21 February & 13 March
    Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma: 21 February & 13 March

  23. mickydidit89 says:


    Borussia Dortmund v Atalanta
    Nice v Lokomotov Moscow
    Copenhagen v Atlético Madrid
    Spartak Moscow v Athletic Bilbao
    AEK Athens v Dynamo Kyiv
    Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg
    Napoli v RB Leipzig
    Crvena Zvezda v CSKA Moscow
    Lyon v Villarreal
    Real Sociedad v Salzburg
    Partizan Belgrade v Viktoria Plzen
    Steaua Bucharest v Lazio
    Ludogorets v Milan
    Astana v Sporting
    Ostersund v Arsenal
    Marseille v Braga

  24. chas mobile says:

    Juventus v Tottenham

    Basel v Manchester City

    Porto v Liverpool

    Sevilla v Manchester United

    Real Madrid v PSG

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma

    Chelsea v Barcelona

    Bayern Munich v Besiktas

  25. chas mobile says:

  26. LB says:

    Ostersund, mmmm, looks like we can send the B team out there while the A team focus on the tilt to the title.

    It’s never over until it’s over.

    Thanks for the read Micky.

  27. Big Raddy says:

    chas. A long drive but possible, however getting a ticket will be difficult as they only have a ground capacity of 8,000 😯

  28. Big Raddy says:

    As LB says, we do not need to send out the first team.

    Only negative of the draw was so few of the big teams being drawn together.

  29. mickydidit89 says:


    Might Ostersund be the kind of place to be heaving with stunning Swedish ladies and communal, tackle out saunas?

  30. fatgingergooner says:

    Have we been able to field a more consistent team thanks to the EL? I’m not convinced. It took a while before Özil, Sanchez and Lacazette played together, and our back 5 has been shuffled constantly due to injuries and rotation.

    I was hoping that the EL would allow us an opportunity to get over poor results quickly by beating poor sides in Europe and thus allow us to be a bit more consistent, but because we play 2 entirely different teams, it hasn’t helped at all in that respect. What it should definitely have done is allowed us to play our best 11 more often and kept them fresh, but once again we have struggled with injuries in defence and it has highlighted, rather alarmingly, that beyond our first choice 11 we are not up to standard. Having Mertersacker or Holding as your next best CB is a prime example. It’s not good enough. Same goes for Elneny and Coquelin in midfield, Iwobi and Walcott out wide, Debuchy and anyone else at wing back etc etc.

    Whilst our second squad may be good enough to get through a very easy EL group, I’m not sure they fit in well with our other first 11 players when it comes to the PL.

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. I believe so but then that is true of all Scandilands

  32. mickydidit89 says:


    In my well researched post I said we’ve been able to field a consistent First XI.

    You say this isn’t true. You are right, I simply pay no attention to the detail. Or do any research.

    I count goals scored and keep an eye out for fast incisive football.

    That’s it. I’m weak and un-thorough 🙂

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    Now Erik. Sweden 🙂

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Out of interest, given that it snows a lot in Feb up Sweden way, and it’s always -70, at least, how come there’s even the remotest chance of the game going ahead?

  35. Eddie says:

    oh micky, you asked some fooking ridiculous questions for a seemingly intelligent guy.
    In northern and eastern parts of Europe there are provisions made for severe winters, including extra warm long johns for the players, pink hot water bottles if they are Chavs, beverages for fans, meeting full approval of ant and his brother, free plentiful sex to keep the circulation going…they survive. Don’t worry, the game will go ahead

    In this country it would cost millions to prepare for 2-3 days of winter, so it is cheaper to suffer the freezing inconvenience for a while.

  36. chas says:

    December 11th

  37. chas says:

  38. chas says:

    I’d like it if they fought from the start.

  39. chas says:

    That blue kit is disgusting.
    No wonder they play so badly in it. 🙂

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  43. Gööner In Exile says:

    I’m with FGG, last season by this stage the first XI would likely have played 20 odd games together only sitting out for the League Cup andmaybe tge odd rotation for injuries.

    This season the first XI has only really featured in the League and even then with injuries etc the team has probably only played a handful of games together.

    For me we have over rotated in Europa League and also under-utilised the squad in the League. Few of the squad can be dropped in to the first XI.

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    Hang on a mo. there Mr Exile

    I didn’t get me facts right, however, we can’t have it both ways. So this term our good players play less and still get injured, whereas last season people kept going on about the advantage of non-cl teams having less fatigued superstars and more time to prep tactically for the next league fixture

    Seems to me we haven’t gained an advantage on any front

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    ps could easily have my facts wrong again 🙂

    pps Morning all

  46. Eddie says:

    you removed another excuse from underperforming team. Congestion of fixtures and demanding CL games have no longer played part in poor performances.

  47. mickydidit89 says:

    Who’s the more effective left wing full half back, Sead or Nacho?

  48. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Too much mead last night and Festival of Sankta Lucia tomorrow. 😦

    I used to walk my dog with Fanny Craddock and Johnie in Highgate Woods. Charming lady who wore a full length fur coat in winter much to the disgust of the Highgate lefties.

    Nacho is getting on in years and perhaps doesn’t have the stamina required for the LWB role.

  49. GoonerB says:

    Cheers Micky. Have we blown it? Good question but I find myself facing up to it with an apathetic acceptance that this is what (deep down) I expected. If it was what I expected then I suppose I can’t feel we have blown anything.

    I am not dismissing the money spent side of things but I feel it is often over-simplified and overused to excuse us each season now. Obviously it has an effect but it is not like we don’t have the opportunity to spend and I do feel that there are many other variable factors when comparing the impact of spending at each club that can’t always just be explained by 1 number or figure……does that make sense? 🙂

    I am saying the same thing I have said for a few years now that there are far more intrinsic factors regarding the coaching and playing side, and the type of player recruited, that undermine us more than money and injuries and what competition we are in or not. I think our traditional missing 12-15 per season points (that take you to title challenging bracket) can be found right there in those intrinsic factors.

  50. mickydidit89 says:


    Can I help you as you appear to be struggling to explain.

    We’re shit and no-one gives a shit. Defeatest, victim mentality running down from the chairman to the whingy fans.

    Weak, statist, lefties the whole shower

    Helpful? 🙂 🙂

  51. mickydidit89 says:

    Eeeks, incoming, hatches down, dive dive dive

  52. Aaron says:

    Just a continous thought:
    If the Arsenal can play the same back 3 or 4 for 10 games in a row, there is a strong possibility that they can climb the table. Simple really, all other analysis to me does not matter until they get the D sorted.

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    Damn it, going to miss game tonight.

    Please tell me it will be dull and Hammers are no longer the academy, rather pre-school boring bus parkers, then I won’t feel so bad

  54. Eddie says:

    micky – the game tonight will be dull, Hammers are no longer the academy, rather pre-school boring bus parkers.

  55. Eddie says:

    raddy – what is modern Dannish language like? Does it still resemble the old Dannish? I am asking because I absolutely abhor what is being done to Polish and English languages.

    Modern Polish resembles English with native suffixes, for example ‘to a shop’ became ‘do shopu’ and Wayne Rooney ‘Wayna Rooneya’.

    English is even worse. It is now accepted that ‘you was’, ‘would of’, ‘there’ instead of ‘their’ and no apostrophies. I hate it and I am sure chas does too.

  56. VP of Oz says:

    Eddie, I hate how people replace No with Na and Yes with Yep

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Really excited about tonight’s game. Moyes has already changed the Hammers style of play, modelling them on the Barca teams of Guardiola. They will attack, attack, attack and we will see goals aplenty.

    Eddie. Danes are traditionalists and the language remains as it was. However, there is a tendency in the youth to litter their language with English swear words which annoys the f*** out of me. 😀

  58. Eddie says:

    VP – yep, that’s the one 🙂
    thanks for pointing it out to me, I use yep regularly.

    Raddy – same in Poland, many cannot speak even Polish, yet they can swear in English better than me.

    Big day for Eddie today, wish me luck

  59. VP of Oz says:

    Eddie, Na ya dont do ya

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik 🙂

    I have my first ever Christmas do
    Me, three geeks, and a soggy prawn cocktail for my crypto group

  61. mickydidit89 says:

    good luck Eddie

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Should we ask the reason?
    Getting married?
    Or divorced?

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Hot date?
    Cold date?

  64. Big Raddy says:

    Probably an appointment with a lawyer . Good luck Eddie.

    Micky. A crypto group has it Xmas party with caviar and shampoo. We had ours last night, it was a bacchanalian feast – think Babettes

  65. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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